HAISLA HERITAGE COLLECTION

Ella Grant, 1982, stripping cedar bark.

The Museum displays a collection of Haisla heritage artifacts in its Upstairs Gallery. The collection includes those artifacts held in trust for the Haisla Nation such as the three bent box artifacts with Haisla design. The exhibition is an opportunity for the Museum to foster a stronger relationship and bond with the Haisla Nation through consultation, collaboration, providing improvements to the safety of Haisla heritage artifacts, and cultural information for public education and understanding.

The Museum has installed the heritage artifacts in museum‐quality cases along with nine information panels featuring Haisla culture, arts, technology, and history. Sources of funding include Haisla Nation Council, Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, BC Community Gaming, District of Kitimat, Kitimat Community Foundation, Rio Tinto, and LNG Canada

The Haisla First Nation collection area occupies one quarter of the small Upstairs Gallery. In the spring and summer of 2016 Museum staff had the pleasure to meet with a Haisla Language and Culture Coordinator for the Haisla Nation on cultural information for the area.  Artifact placement and case arrangement was proposed by Museum staff, and a designer provided a potential design for the area.

In April 2017, In Support of Difficult Art & Artifacts provided artifact mounts and plinths, re‐housing the Haisla heritage collection in the new cases, and setting up the eulachon processing / food harvest area. The nine cultural information panels were completed with the assistance of the Haisla Teacher, Haisla Education Centre and meetings with Haisla elders and a consultant.

An iPad on a stand will hold links to Haisla territorial documents and audio visual files, and will be added to the area soon.

Cultural information on panels includes:

  • Nuyem (social teachings)
  • Clans
  • Feasts
  • Haisla Territory and Wawais (family stewardship areas), Place Names
  • Neighbours and Amalgamation
  • Language
  • Food
  • Knowledge
  • Winter Village and Seasonal Camps
  • Repatriation
  • Arts—Traditional and Contemporary
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